• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ruminative deeply or seriously thoughtful; "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ruminative Inclined to, or engaged in, rumination or meditation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ruminative Ruminant; disposed to rumination; especially, given to meditation or thought.
    • ruminative Marked by rumination or careful reflection; well-considered.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ruminative well-considered
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  • Friedrich Schlegel
    “A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. rumināre, -ātumrumen, the gullet.


In literature:

Again St. George ruminated.
"Kennedy Square" by F. Hopkinson Smith
What is the food of ruminants?
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 392, July 7, 1883" by Various
We'll leave him to ruminate over your telegram.
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
There I will ruminate upon my past felicity.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
Just here at the entry used to stand the Ruminal fig-tree which sheltered the twins.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
You and Dick sit hunched on a log, blissfully happy in the moments of digestion, ruminative, watching the blaze.
"The Forest" by Stewart Edward White
He ruminated over his pipe.
"The Coryston Family" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Hardly a wink have I slept, ruminating upon the approaching interview.
"Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
After some moments of evident rumination, he tremblingly drew a small letter from his pocket.
"Beaux and Belles of England" by Mary Robinson
The letter, printed in 'The Ruminator', began his literary career and introduced him to Brydges.
"The Works of Lord Byron: Letters and Journals, Volume 2." by Lord Byron

In poetry:

Darkness crept slowly o'er the East!
Upon the Barn-roof watch'd the Cat;
Sweet breath'd the ruminating Beast
At rest where DOLLY musing sat.
"Dolly" by Robert Bloomfield
The lark went up, the mower whet his scythe,
On golden meads kine ruminating lay,
And all the world felt young again and blithe,
Just as to—day.
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
He hears them breathing, softly, fearfully,
Honey-sweet ruminations, slow respired:
Then a sharp hiss breaks time and melody--
Spittle indrawn, old kisses new-desired.
"The Louse-Hunters" by Aldous Huxley
Abner. What meditation holds thee thus engaged,
O king! and keeps thine active spirit bound;
When busy war far other cares demands
Than ruminating thought and pale despair?
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Wild on the summit of the steep
She ruminated long the deep,
And felt her freezing blood;
Approaching feet she heard behind,
Then swifter than the winged wind
She plunged into the flood.
"Monimia. An Ode" by John Logan
It is good to know, now that the bell strikes noon.
In this day's sun, the hedges are Episcopalian
As noon is marked by the twelve iron beats.
The rector moves ruminantly among the gravestones,
And the sound of a dead Europe hangs in the streets.
"The Bell From Europe" by Weldon Kees

In news:

Owen's abstract ruminations harmonize with Purdum and Ramsburg's works.
Atom Egoyan's 12th feature film offers a typically kaleidoscopic rumination on voyeurism, videography, the relative nature of truth, and the aftermath of tragedy.
Shapiro's new novel (after The Safe Room) is filled with delightful twists, turns, and ruminations on what constitutes truth in art.
Norman Mailer Ruminates On Literature and Life.
Soon after that, I received an e-mail from a Penn State alumnus raising the question of the historical wild ruminants' contribution to GHG in North America.
Any time the elusive indie culture satirist Carles uses his Hipster Runoff pedestal to ruminate on Pitchfork's "dark secrets" — however unfounded — you're pretty much guaranteed a few laughs.
I actually spent quite a bit of time ruminating about a title for this article.
Last week I discussed the issues with ruminants grazing certain summer annuals after a frost or even a drought but not how it happens.
His 2005 Man Booker Prize novel, "The Sea," was a rumination about one man's loss of innocence and love, deeply affecting and confined to the interior of the psyche.
"Modern-day Louisville to me is a very happy place," Jim James wrote in a recent article for Louisville Magazine, reminiscing about his childhood in the River City and ruminating on the future.
Recently while ruminating over the current price of gold, I decided to take a peek into the history of gold prices since they have first been recorded.
Highlights with Derick Hingle Derek Hingle 's ruminations on sporting events and teams.
"This is an exciting and challenging time," he ruminates, as daughter Summerly Horning looks on.
After a week of rumination, Redmond marched back into the front office.
It seems unlikely our nation's highest court would ever need to ruminate over alfalfa.

In science:

However, one might argue, these ruminations seem to have parted far from the domain of the Ising model in 3D, 4D, or anything else.
Conjectures on exact solution of three - dimensional (3D) simple orthorhombic Ising lattices
Now, following [Ru], we will construct a map dR : ΩN (d)/I N (d) → K N +1(d) that connects the complexes (6.18) and (6.19), which we will call the Rumin map.
Irreducible Modules over Finite Simple Lie Pseudoalgebras II. Primitive Pseudoalgebras of Type K
Using the Rumin map dR , we can combine the two complexes (6.18) and (6.19).
Irreducible Modules over Finite Simple Lie Pseudoalgebras II. Primitive Pseudoalgebras of Type K
First, we show that the members of the Rumin complex (6.7) are csp ¯d-modules.
Irreducible Modules over Finite Simple Lie Pseudoalgebras II. Primitive Pseudoalgebras of Type K
Rumin, Formes diff´erentiel les sur les vari´et´es de contact, J.
Irreducible Modules over Finite Simple Lie Pseudoalgebras II. Primitive Pseudoalgebras of Type K